Come every winter, plenty of people look forward to ski vacations. The beautiful mountain scenery and great skiing make it a draw for those who don’t mind skipping the beach every now and then.
Can’t make it to the Rockies or British Columbia to spend some time on the slopes? Head to the Northeast, while the mountains are decidedly smaller, there are still plenty of great opportunities for great skiing in the Northeast.
In this post, we’ll highlight a few of the best places to ski in this part of the country.
Jay Peak – Jay, Vermont
Lots of those in the know call Jay Peak the closest to the West Coast skiing experience you’ll find in the east. This is primarily due to two factors, Jay Peak gets some of the highest snow totals in New England and it’s got some of the steepest terrains in the area. So it’s a place that experienced skiers love that’s also not often overcrowded.
Whiteface Mountain – Wilmington, New York
Whiteface Moutain has the distinction of being the only mountain in the Northeast to host the Winter Olympics, so if you’re looking for technically challenging terrain, you can’t beat it. However, as great as it is for experts, this mountain is also known to cater extensively to beginners too, so it could be a great place to grow your love of the sport.
Stowe Mountain Resort – Stowe, Vermont
Stowe is going to be one of the busier ski resorts you’ll find in the Northeast, but that doesn’t mean you should miss out on it. This is considered by many as the home of skiing in New England, so it’s really popular with purists who also want to check out a little bit of history. As a bonus, the town of Stowe offers plenty of action for when you’re off the slopes.
Sugarloaf – Carrabassett Valley, Maine
If you’re willing to make the journey into the backwoods of rural Maine, you’ll be rewarded with some epic skiing at Sugarloaf. This is actually the second largest in the East Coast, with high drops, and trails that start above the treeline, perfect for more experienced skiers.
Killington – Killington, Vermont
Many dub this as the “Beast of the East.” With good reason, of course. It’s the largest ski area on the East Coast, featuring six peaks, for over 200 miles of trails. Killington is also popular because of the surrounding town, if you love to enjoy good food and nighttime activities, you can’t beat the opportunities here.
Wildcat Mountain – Pinkham Notch, New Hampshire
If you want some truly awesome Instagram worthy shots of your ski adventure, head to Wildcat Mountain. This has some of the best mountain views you’ll find of any ski area in the Northeast. With lots of snow and well-maintained slopes, plus a great apres-ski village in nearby North Conway, you’re in for a treat skiing here.
As you can see, there is plenty of skiing in the Northeast to enjoy. So, pick your favorite mountain, grab your gear, and hit the slopes.